São José dos Campos, in São Paulo, offers the very best of two worlds: the life quality of the countryside and the modernity of one of the nation’s leading tech hubs. So, you can tell straight off that it’s the kind of place that caters to all tastes, right?
To make sure there are no doubts, we spent 24 hours there picking up several great tips for those popping into the city for a brief business or pleasure trip. Who knows, you may even end up deciding to stay longer. Let’s go? \o/
Tech hub + countryside calm: a 24 hour itinerary through São José dos Campos, in the São Paulo state countryside
Starting the day on the right foot
Before heading out to explore São José dos Campos, a hearty breakfast is vital. And seeing how much we love to pause for a snack, we begin with two mouthwatering tips.
Padaria Nove de Julho operates 24/7 and offers a little of everything: breads, cakes, pies, desserts, savory snacks, fresh fruit, natural fruit juices, hot coffee… wow! All these delights are presented in a simple but welcoming setting that is just perfect for a slow breakfast.
For those with a sweet tooth, even at breakfast, Marinella Doceria – one of the most traditional confectioneries in São José dos Campos – is the perfect choice! Besides the classic options, like breads and savory snacks, the real highlight here is the array of sweets! The éclairs are simply amazing, and the hot chocolate is the kind that warms the soul!
Another tip: the chicken coxinha with cream cheese is de-vi-ne and they offer a range of sizes!
Really worth trying. 😉
First stop: outdoor tours
For those who enjoy parks and outdoor activities, a great tip is Parque Roberto Burle Marx (also known as Parque da Cidade). The park was named in honor of one of Brazil’s finest landscapers, responsible for the artistic design of the park grounds. It was used as the location for the film Aparecide – O Milagre and, besides all the natural beauty and countless trees that provide abundant shade, there is also a Folklore Museum, aimed at preserving regional folklore and traditions. There is a great walking track, too. So many great things in just one place, right? ❤
Another city park worth checking out is Parque Santos Dumont. Located in Vila Adyana (close to Padaria Nove de Julho and Marinella Doceria), the park is a popular for leisure and sports and ideal for jogging or a good walk. The lake and Japanese garden add a special touch, not to mention a life size replica of Santos Dumont’s famous 14-bis. Don’t forget to take your camera and photograph this great spot!
After a good walk, it’s time to recharge the batteries with a tasty lunch, right?
Restaurante Cassiano, located at the Golden Tulip São José dos Campos, offers some amazing Portuguese cuisine right in the heart of the São Paulo countryside. One of the venue’s strong points is its extensive wine list (drafted by business executive José Bonifácio de Oliveira Sobrinho, or Boni): the cellar carries over 900 bottles that certainly pair perfectly with the fare served in the restaurant.
I’m sure you know all about the famed Portuguese candies, right? Well, seeing as though you’re at the restaurant, be sure to try a delicious dessert from Doçaria Cassiano. For the complete experinece! 😉
Vegetarian options in São José dos Campos? Sure! One of the most famous restaurants there is Com-Sciência, which serves both vegetarian and vegan meals. It’s a self-service system and there is a huge variety to choose from.
For lovers of Italian fare, Cantina da Nena is a must! Set in charming surroundings, tasty dishes and perfectly located, the restaurant is one of São José dos Campos’ most popular. Buon appetito!
Ready for dessert? We recommend heading out to Artesane Gelateria. The varied menu of ice-cream flavors hits the right spot for those who need something sweet after a meal. There is even a pet-friendly area for those out walking their dogs and after something refreshing. 😉
To end the day off well
Do you appreciate convenience? Our tip is to enjoy all the facilities and good things on offer at Colinas Shopping. For those who enjoy cultural programs, the cinema and theater always have new pieces running. Visitors who enjoy a healthy lifestyle can pop in at the Companhia Athletica gym, which offers loads of services and is free to guests staying at Golden Tulip São José dos Campos. Been working out? Ready to relax and enjoy a little more? A Devassa Cervejaria is one of the top options. We told you it was all-round convenience, right? And now you know for sure!
If you’d like to end the day with a happy hour, the best bet is the first Irish pub established in the region, Dunluce Irish Pub. The venue offers music for all tastes and a great variety of food and drinks, making it a great option when spending an evening with friends.
How about an ice-cold draft beer and bar-style food? Well then, the day’s end and early evening are best spent at Bar Coronel, which has been a part of the city’s bohemian scene for over 25 years. The pastels, shrimp or carne-seca, are superb. And the bean broth is amazing, too. You’ve got to try!
Relax and unwind
After a full day out and about, the best tip is to head back to the style and comfort of the Golden Tulip São José dos Campos. A modern and superbly located hotel part of a multi-functional complex with a shopping center and theater.
A charming setting, newly refurbished rooms, lobby and piano bar await you for a complete experience in São José dos Campos.
You’ve now got a little taste of everything you can do in São José dos Campos, right? 24 hours may not be enough to do everything that the city has to offer, but with these bits of advice, we guarantee your day there will be very well spent.